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UnitedHealth Group Associate Director, Supplier Diversity - Telecommute in Minnetonka, Minnesota

UnitedHealth Group is a company that's on the rise. We're expanding in multiple directions, across borders and, most of all, in the way we think. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about transforming the health care industry. Ready to make a difference? Make yourself at home with us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)

No industry is moving faster than health care. And no organization is better positioned to lead health care forward. We need attention to every detail with an eye for the points no one has considered. The rewards for performance are significant. You’ll help improve the health of millions. And you’ll do your life’s best work.

UnitedHealth Group’s Sustainable Procurement team is responsible for developing and executing enterprise-wide supplier diversity and supply chain sustainability strategies in alignment with UHG’s broader strategic objectives.

The Associate Director, Supplier Diversity, will assist the Senior Director, Supplier Diversity & Sustainability, in the management and continuous improvement of UnitedHealth Group’s enterprise supplier diversity initiatives. The role includes responsibility for developing strategies, policies, processes, objectives and reporting specific to the supplier diversity program enterprise wide. The position will also serve as a liaison between UnitedHealth Group and regional/national advocacy organizations.

This position reports through Enterprise Sourcing and Procurement (ES&P) in UnitedHealth Group and engages with all aspects of the business, including both United Healthcare and Optum.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Sourcing Category leaders in the development of category strategies, identifying qualified suppliers and achieving specific quantitative targets regarding spend and spend penetration with diverse suppliers

  • Collaborate with sourcing representatives and procurement operations towards consistently including diverse suppliers in the competitive bidding process. Track inclusion and conversion metrics

  • Work closely with UHG sales & business teams to establish & communicate the strategic competitive advantage of UHG’s supplier diversity solutions

  • Assist with diversity spend reporting and analysis; continually seek to improve existing reporting processes while promoting best business practices

  • Facilitate supplier diversity benchmarking with targeted companies and research & advisory firms to identify best practices for implementation at UnitedHealth Group

  • Provide event management for diversity conferences, trade shows and procurement meetings

  • Guide UHG’s Supplier Diversity ambassador program, driving continuous improvement in integrating supplier diversity into business & procurement processes

  • Assist in leading community outreach with diverse suppliers and key local, national and international advocacy organizations; serve as a liaison to these external organizations

  • Promote the use of diverse vendors while seeking to reduce costs, improve quality & service and minimize business risk in conjunction with ES&P’s category teams and business partners

  • Manage the Tier 2 supplier diversity program; increase program participation with qualified prime suppliers. Capture and provide ongoing reporting of program performance. Respond to Tier 2 customer requests

  • Manage the completion of all external supplier diversity reporting requests, social responsibility surveys, etc.

  • Partner with the Corporate Communications team in the development of internal / external supplier diversity communications

  • Assist in the development, management and continuous improvement of UHG diverse supplier capacity building initiatives

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 5+ years of experience in procurement / supplier diversity

  • Strong passion, engagement and deep working knowledge with supplier diversity topics, trends and principles

  • Relevant business process knowledge, as related to Procurement and Category Management

  • Ability to conduct industry and functional research and concisely synthesize findings

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (PowerPoint, Excel and Word)

  • Open to 25% travel

  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential job function of this role. Candidates located in states that mandate COVID-19 booster doses must also comply with those state requirements. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination, and boosters when applicable, prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree with business management focus

  • Excellent influencing and networking skills

  • Solid strategic, problem-solving and critical thinking skills

  • Outcome oriented with good bias for action and ability to follow-through and meet deadlines

  • Proven analytical capability; proficient in gathering and translating large amounts of data into actionable recommendations

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment.

Careers with UnitedHealthcare. Let's talk about opportunity. Start with a Fortune 5 organization that's serving more than 85 million people already and building the industry's singular reputation for bold ideas and impeccable execution. Now, add your energy, your passion for excellence, your near-obsession with driving change for the better. Get the picture? UnitedHealthcare is serving employers and individuals, states and communities, military families and veterans where ever they're found across the globe. We bring them the resources of an industry leader and a commitment to improve their lives that’s second to none. This is no small opportunity. It's where you can do your life's best work.(sm)

Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado residents is $97,300 to $176,900. The salary range for Connecticut / Nevada residents is $97,300 to $176,900. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you’ll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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